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A Book, Film Release & Remembrance | Ira & Nadine Baumgarten

  • Arts Letters & Numbers 1548 Burden Lake Road Averill Park, NY 12018 USA (map)

We are very moved by the work and creations of our dear community members, advisory council members, friends and endless supporters Ira Baumgarten & Nadine Baumgarten. Please join us on January 27th, 2019 at 4pm in the studios for their Book and Film Release and Remembrance Event.

Copies of A Pilgrim’s Way through Grief and A Night on Buddy’s Bench will be available for purchase. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State. Ira and Nadine will also match all of the evening’s sales as a donation to Arts, Letters & Numbers.

Over the past year, Ira collaborated with the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of NYS (HPCANYS) to write a grief guide to go with A Night on Buddy’s Bench. We’re happy to announce their endorsement for A Pilgrim’s way Through Grief – A Guide to A Night on Buddy’s Bench.  

In addition, they had a wonderful opportunity this fall to collaborate with Jenny Zander, an artist in residence at ALN, to create an art installation that embodies the spirit that inhabits Buddy’s Bench. With the talented help of Nick Meehan, an ALN Fellow, we took those images and created a 6-minute film, Spirit Calling, which we will premier at the event as well. 

The one-hour program will consist of some readings from the new book, singing; viewing and discussing the film, lighting candles in remembrance of our departed ones. A reception will follow.  We hope you can join us. Please RSVP by email at or by calling: 518/441-3535 by January 24, 2019.

“The workbook, A Pilgrim’s Way Through Grief A guide to A Night on Buddy’s Bench was a collaborative effort between HPCANYS hospice bereavement providers and Ira.  That real- world clinical experience with Ira’s passion and compassion coupled with his own journey through grief has created an exceptional guide that helps bereavement professions with unique ways to use Buddy’s Bench with grieving clients, both one on one and in groups.  It is also useful for an individual to walk themselves through the guide and the book looking for and gaining insight into their feelings and their personal grief journey, to find meaning in our losses, and to experience our strength and tenacity.”

- Carla Bravemen, HPCANYS Executive Director